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From CO to CEO:

A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership

The seminal manual for service members transitioning to civilian careers, and for corporate leaders who want to maximize the potential for their veteran employees’ success.

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From CO to CEO is for any service member transitioning to a civilian career.

More than 200,000 service members separate from the military each year. More than half of those surveyed about the process felt as if they had little to no help with the transition.

That’s why William J. Toti, retired naval officer and former CEO of Sparton Corporation, wrote From CO to CEO: A Practical Guide for Transitioning from Military to Industry Leadership. As someone who successfully progressed from captain of a nuclear submarine to a captain of industry, he knows what it takes to make the most of your military training and what more is needed to rise up the ranks in the C-suite.

And for corporate leaders: you want to do the right thing by recruiting and hiring veterans.  That’s great!  

forBut once hired, do you know how to optimize your veteran employees’ potential for success?  Or do you simply throw them into the deep end?

Although the book “From CO to CEO” is written in a voice that speaks to veterans, reading it will be a vital enabler for employers’ understanding of how to help their veteran employees maximize their potential.

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Captain William J. Toti, USN (Ret)
Served for more than
26 years on Active Duty

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. William J. Toti served for more than 26 years on active duty, from enlisted seaman to Commanding Officer of the nuclear submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) and Commodore of Submarine Squadron 3. He served more than nine years in the Pentagon, including tours as special assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, as Navy representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council and as Deputy Director of Navy War Plan Deep Blue.

After transitioning to industry in 2006, Toti served in various roles, including Vice President of Raytheon, Hewlett-Packard, DXC Technology and HPE, and as President of Cubic Corporation and L-3 Maritime Systems. He eventually became President and former CEO of Sparton Corporation.

Toti holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a master’s degree in spacecraft systems engineering and pre-doctoral electrical engineering degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Among many other honors, Toti is a seven-time recipient of the Legion of Merit. He and his wife, Karen, are parents of two adult children and reside in Florida.


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